Wednesday 13 December 2017

Painted Cliffs turns the tables on Rockaway Valley to land Railway Stakes at the Curragh

Painted Cliffs and jockey Ryan Moore win the GAIN Railway Stakes during day two of the Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 27, 2015. See PA story RACING Railway. Photo credit should read: Pat Healy/PA Wire
Painted Cliffs and jockey Ryan Moore win the GAIN Railway Stakes during day two of the Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 27, 2015. See PA story RACING Railway. Photo credit should read: Pat Healy/PA Wire

Painted Cliffs and Ryan Moore bounded clear in the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Down the field on debut before getting off the mark at Leopardstown just nine days ago, the Canford Cliffs colt was a 7-1 shot to provide Aidan O'Brien with a 12th triumph in this Group Two contest.

Richard Hannon's British raider Log Out Island took the field along, looking to go one place better than when runner-up in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, with Painted Cliffs his nearest pursuer.

There was little to choose between the pair passing the two-furlong marker, but Painted Cliffs quickly asserted and was well on top at the finish.

Jessica Harrington's Rockaway Valley was the 11-8 favourite having had the winner well behind him here last month, but was under pressure some way from home before boxing on to beat Log Out Island to the runner-up spot.

Moore said: "We took it up far too early really, but he's a nice horse and he'll improve.

"All Aidan's two-year-olds are running great at the moment."

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